Worimi Conservation Lands
Experience the rolling golden hills of the Worimi Conservation Lands, a place of cultural significance to the Worimi Aboriginal people. The beautiful sandscape is forever changing and is recognised as the largest moving coastal dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.
The dunes tower as much as 30 metres above the sea level and the shifting sands cover and uncover ancient Aboriginal cultural sites, including middens, which contain shell deposits and tool-making artefacts, campsites and burial sites.
The Worimi Conservation Lands cover 4,200 hectares, including 1,800 hectares of forest of blackbutt, smooth-barked apple gums and paperbark. In front of the dunes, stunning Stockton Beach curves 32km from the Hunter River at Newcastle to Buribi Point in Anna Bay, Port Stephens.
A well as their indigenous significance, the sand dunes are an adventure playground, with an exciting range of activities on offer, from 4WD experiences and fishing along NSW’s longest beach to Aboriginal-guided quad bike cultural tours.
You can explore ancient sites and learn about indigenous history and traditional foods with Sand Dune Adventures, a quad bike cultural tour owned and operated by the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council. You’ll be given instructions on how to ride your quad bike before the adventure.
Saddle up on a horse with Sahara Trails or on a camel with Oakfield Ranch and discover the extraordinary natural beauty as the dunes meet the ocean at Birubi Beach. Try sandboarding down the dunes with Sand Dune Safaris or take a 4WD tour with Port Stephens 4WD Tours.
Many tour companies, including 4WD Tours R Us offer the chance to visit Tin City – a unique hamlet hidden amongst the dunes. 11 dwellings make up the ‘city’, which was a filming location for the 1979 Mad Max movie.
Beach and dune driving in your own 4WD is a popular way to enjoy the area at your own pace. You’ll need to buy a special beach permit before steering your way onto the sandy stretch at either Lavis Lane in the south or Gan Gan Road in the north.